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ICELAND UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS (Listaháskóli Íslands), REYKJAVÍK Department of Music






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Þverholt ll, 5th floor, 13, 105 Reykjavík, Iceland


+354 562 3629

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Undergraduate programs


Bachelor of Arts. Three years. Music studies include composition, music education, church music, community music. Bachelor of Music. Three years. Studies include performance (classical, opera, early music, contemporary), choral conducting, music history, history of Icelandic music, pedagogy, music technology.


Graduate program


Master of Arts. In composition, music education. Master of Music (Joint European Master for New Audiences and Innovative Practice [NAIP]). Studies include entrepreneurship, project management, performance and communication, leading and guiding.


Diploma program


Diploma of Music. Two years. Studies in performance. Intended for talented secondary school students.

Institution Notes:

This self-governing university awards the only university-level degrees in the arts in Iceland. It opened in 1999 and consists of departments of fine arts, theatre, music, dance, art education, and design and architecture. The music department commenced operation in 2001. The Joint European Master's program is offered jointly with the Royal Conservatory of Music and Dance in The Hague (Netherlands), Prince Claus Conservatoire in Groningen (Netherlands), the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (Sweden) and the Iceland Academy of the Arts. It aims at creating new audiences and developing leadership skills in various artistic and social contexts. A period of study at one of the partner institutions is possible. In 2008 the Tonskoli Thjodkirkiunnar (School of Church Music) became affiliated with the Arts Academy of Iceland. Entry to the church music program is via successful completion of the National Church's Music School musicians' examination (or the equivalent). An active member of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen.

Last Updated:

December 2021